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There’s no question that JavaScript development can be a tricky process. Luckily, there are several JavaScript frameworks that can increase efficiency and alleviate the pain that comes with development. Here are some of the top JavaScript frameworks around. Best of all, you can take advantage of all the features these JavaScript frameworks have to offer at no cost.

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There’s no question that JavaScript development can be a tricky process. Luckily, there are several JavaScript frameworks that can increase efficiency and alleviate the pain that comes with development. Here are some of the top JavaScript frameworks around. Best of all, you can take advantage of all the features these JavaScript frameworks have to offer at no cost.

JavaScriptMVC

If you are looking for a framework that will help you build quality JavaScript applications that are either medium or large in scope, you can’t go wrong with JavaScriptMVC.  This open-source framework comes equipped with various tools that stress best practices, convention, and maintainability over configuration.  In other words, if you are a developer who wants to do JavaScript in the way it was intended, JavaScriptMVC will take you there. 

The framework comes with multiple standalone components that really boost its appeal.  The StealJS component is a build tool that focuses on dependency management.  The jQueryMX set of plugins offer the necessary springboards for large jQuery applications, such as controller, class, model, and view, just to name a few.  Need a solid functional testing solution?  Use the FuncUnit component, which lets you write tests using jQuery syntax and run them through the browser or command line.  You also get a JSDoc compliant tool in the form of DocumentJS that can be used to convert comments into a searchable documentation app.

JavaScriptMVC comes with other features as well, such as code generators, client-side templates, code cleaning, jQuery utilities, and more.  One of the framework’s most attractive characteristics is its flexibility.  You can use JavaScript MVC as a complete framework, or simply download the parts you deem necessary to your development goals.

Link: http://javascriptmvc.com/

Prototype

Prototype is another JavaScript framework that seems to be revered amongst developers.  Prototype’s main goal is to simplify the process of developing dynamic web applications, and it definitely succeeds in doing so.

Dealing with Ajax calls can actually be fun and easy thanks to Prototype.  Besides a solid Ajax library, the framework features JSON encoding and parsing support, inheritance support via the Class module for simplified creation of richer classes, and more.  Prototype’s best feature, however, could very well be its DOM extensions and the way in which it adds various convenience methods to elements returned by the $() function.

Just in case you are curious about Prototype’s quality, the framework is used by plenty of companies that are considered to be household names, including ESPN, Gucci, Twitter, NBC, NASA, TiVo, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, USA Today, and CNN.

Link: http://www.prototypejs.org/

SproutCore

SproutCore is an open-source JavaScript framework that specializes in allowing you to write robust web applications while eliminating the need for excessive code.  With SproutCore, you no longer have to worry about developing web applications using traditional techniques.  That means no more incessant information swapping with your server and no more checking HTML to ensure it’s up to date.  Once you have SproutCore up and running, you can simply describe your application’s state, note how data flows from your models to your views, and let the framework handle the dirty work.  It offers semantic templates that automatically update any CSS and HTML you write whenever your models change.  There’s also an in-memory database that handles server synchronization and lets you manage and query your data with ease.

SproutCore has been used in the development of some of the most popular apps around, including Sports Illustrated Magazine, NPR, and more.

Link: http://www.sproutcore.com/

MooTools

MooTools prides itself on being an open-source JavaScript framework that is compact, modular, and object-oriented.  It gives intermediate and advanced JavaScript developers the power to write code that is flexible, powerful, and compatible across browsers.  MooTools offers extensive documentation and respects strict standards, so there are no tricks involved. 

The list of those that have used MooTools includes the W3C markup validation service, Ferrari, Gamespot, Vimeo, Cnet, Vimeo, Jeep, Bing, and more.

Link: http://mootools.net/

Uize

The Uize open-source JavaScript framework is object-oriented and comes with a host of powerful features that give developers a solid platform to leverage their skills.  Uize is characterized as being server agnostic.  In other words, you can use the framework with the server language and platform that suits you the best, such as Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, Python, and so on.  Uize supports mobile devices to enhance the on-the-go experience that has taken the tech world by storm, and it is also skinnable with your own customized CSS.

As mentioned, Uize does not come up short when it comes to powerful features.  Here is just a sampling of them: JavaScript Libraries, JavaScript Animation, JavaScript, Events, JavaScript Modules, JavaScript Templates, JavaScript Code Compression, and JavaScript Documentation.  In addition, the framework also comes loaded with several integrated widgets, such as calendar, date picker, dialog, marquee, menu, slideshow, and the list goes on.

If you want to see some of the ways in which Uize has been implemented, the framework’s official site offers over 100 impressive examples for you to browse through.

Link: http://www.uize.com/

jQuery Mobile

If you are looking to get into the booming mobile game, jQuery Mobile is a JavaScript framework that can make life easier.  How does it do this?  Instead of having to write a unique app for each OS or mobile device out there, you can design a single customized web app that will be compatible across multiple platforms and devices.  jQuery Mobile is built on the jQuery and jQuery UI foundation.  Not only is it lightweight and flexible, but you can also theme its design to your liking.

Link: http://jquerymobile.com/

Midori

The Midori JavaScript framework is noted for being very lightweight in form.  It puts a comprehensive list of features at your disposal in uncompressed 51K.  Using Midori’s features, you can accomplish various things.  There’s table selection, drag-and-drop, special FX, and inline edit.  You can create popup menus and convert <ul> lists into new tabs.  Want to increase efficiency of everyday tasks?  Use one of the various utility methods, such as array, cookie, DOM, form, and string.  You can implement auto-complete too to make your app more user-friendly. 

Link: http://www.midorijs.com/

 


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